As we just celebrated the 4th of July, we celebrated America’s independence. For those of us addicts, who are clean & sober, we also celebrated the freedom from chemical dependency and addiction. Addiction is an unexplainable phenomenon unlike any other. For the fortunate ones who don’t suffer from this disease, and who may not understand the imprisonment of being addicted to drugs and alcohol here’s a small glimpse of the bondage that addicts and alcoholics face.
Imagine a world where all logical and rational behaviors are nonexistent. Imagine a world with no God; with utter chaos and war. Imagine a world in where only our own selfishness to drink or use to ease our extinguishing discomfort exist. Imagine a word that is absent of love and free choice. Imagine a world where causing pain and suffering to the one’s we love the most, seems like the only option for temporary relief, physically and mentally. Imagine a world where there’s such despair, guilt and shame in a rapid and vicious cycle that feels hopeless and never ending.
For me, Freedom is being able to open my eyes first thing in the morning giving thanks to my higher power for cutting loose the shackles that addiction has so heavily burdened upon my life. Freedom to me is enjoying meaningful relationships of those whom are close. Freedom to me are continual acts of selfishness and grace. Freedom to me is hope in a better tomorrow. Freedom is love, and to love is life.